Boston hound here (formerly from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn) looking for some advice and suggestions for an upcoming day trip to Flushing....
I saw a great deal on Groupon for round-trip bus travel to NYC. Taking the first bus in the morning would land me near Penn Station a little after noon. On Saturdays the last bus home leaves at 8PM. Seeing this, I immediately thought "Flushing!!!!" and clicked the purchase button. So now, to plan my day trip.
- If I hop on the subway I should be in Flushing by 1 or so.
- I probably need to start heading back to Penn Station by 6:30 or so, just to be on the safe side (don't want to miss that last bus).
The last time I lived in the city was many years ago, before Flushing had grown into the Asian food mecca that it is now. Back then, it was just the stop after the one you got off at to go see the Mets play. So it will be my first time there. I love just rambling around and visiting markets. Interesting ingredients that I do not see in any of the Chinese markets in the Boston area could be candidates for purchase and a trip home with me. Given my schedule, I expect I can also have one nice meal (maybe lunch?) and one light meal (an early dinner, perhaps just some dumplings) and maybe I could get some baos or other room temperature treats for munching on the bus ride home.
So, what are your suggestions for great ethnic markets and only-in-Flushing restaurants that I might visit on a Saturday? Are there any bakeries or take-out-food places (the kind that will sell you, say, roast pig, soy sauce chicken, etc.) that I should visit too? I am a fairly fearless eater. Spice and unusual preparations are more than fine with me. My tastes run more to non-watered-down home/ethnic cooking (which is to say reasonably true to its origins) than formal dining or Americanized cooking (though that can be great comfort food at the right time). I don't expect that any meal like that would be terribly expensive.
Thanks in advance!